“Since music is a universal language, what could be better than an orchestra to create a multicultural bridge and to strengthen links within international Geneva? Who better than the staff of international organizations themselves, many of whom are talented amateur musicians, to constitute an orchestra representing their institutions and the ideals they promote?”
The concert was dedicated to children all over the world. Proceeds from the concert on 16 March went to "Education pour Tous" in Sierra Leone to support an elementary school. A moment of silence was held in memory of the 22 children from Belgium and the Netherlands and the 6 adults killed in the crash of a bus near Sierre, Switzerland, on 13 March.
The program was a celebration of Spring including Beethoven's Egmont Overture and his Triple Concerto, followed by the joyful 8th Symphony of Dvorak. The three soloists were: Béatrice Berrut, piano; Lorenzo Gatto, violin; and Camille Thomas, cello. Their dynamic performance was met by rounds of applause.
(Thank you to the member of the orchestra who wrote this article.)